Architect named on £4.5m Jewish Museum extension

Manchester Jewish Museum has appointed London-based Citizens Design Bureau to progress plans for a £4.5m restoration and extension project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The HLF awarded the Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill development funding of £426,900 in 2015 to bring forward an application for the full grant of £2.5m. Buttress advised the Jewish Museum in the early design stages.

CDB will redesign the scheme previously outlined by Buttress in order to progress to the next stage of HLF funding. The final proposal is due to be put together by December 2016.

The project will fully restore the museum’s grade two-listed synagogue building and create a museum extension to house new galleries and spaces for learning, events and commercial operations.

CDB will lead a design team made up of quantity surveyor, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical services engineer, a consultant to develop the conservation management plan, and a landscape designer.

The project is due to complete by 2020.

Previous projects for CDB in the North West include working with Haworth Tompkins on the interior and furniture design of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

Manchester Jewish Museum is housed inside the city’s oldest synagogue building and tells the story of Manchester’s Jewish community from the 1740s to 1945. The Museum, which opened in 1983, currently attracts 15,000 visitors a year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Formal and informal learning sessions are regularly held inside the Museum, as are exhibitions and events, helping the Museum promote tolerance and understanding of Jewish faith, heritage and culture.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is 2 December 2015.

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